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Jeb Bush Says Michigan's EAA Can Improve Failing Schools

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Michigan’s controversial state-run school district could help turnaround failing schools. He says a district similar to the Education Achievement Authority worked with New Orleans public schools. Bush says certain long-standing rules and regulations in the public schools system should be eliminated to help educate kids in Detroit.

“How many kids are grade-level readers by the end of 3rd grade in Detroit? How many kids are truly graduating, prepared to go to college? Or get a job of purpose and meaning. That’s the measurement. And I’ll let you be the judge as to whether Detroit schools are working.”

Bush says student performance is more important than seniority in determining a teacher’s ability. Bush is a keynote speaker on Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference. He didn’t say whether he intends to run for President in 2016.